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Ukulele Chords – Learn To Play Easy Chord Changes in 2020

It is very fun and mostly easy to play ukulele chords. Let’s take a look at some easy chord changes!

Before we delve to deeply into our ukulele chords let’s take a look at the tuning of your ukulele. The resulting names of the chords we play depends on how we tune the ukulele.

In this ukulele lesson I assume that you play a soprano ukulele and that you have tuned it in C.

What does C-tuning mean?

Let’s take a look at the piano keyboard to find out how to tune the ukulele.

C-tuning means that the third string on you ukulele is tuned to a C. If you use a piano when you tune your ukulele you will find these notes in the octave in the middle of the keyboard.

The notes in this most commonly used octave on the piano are called C4-B4. The number 4 indicate that the notes are on the fourth octave on an ordinary piano.

The first string on your ukulele will be tuned to an A4 as we call it. The next string will sound like the piano key E4. The third string will be the note C4. The fourth string will be the note G4.

Our first chord is C major. Let’s take a look at it:

C: 0/4 0/3 0/2 3/1

What type of notation is this?

This is a type of ukulele tab notation where we use numbers to indicate which fret to press down and on which string.

3/1 for example means: Press down fret 3 on string 1.

We will now proceed with the chord G major:

G: 0/4 2/3 3/2 2/1

As you can see this chord is the same chord as a D major on a guitar. A little bit confusing if you also play guitar but I guess you will get used to it.

The chord F major looks like this on your ukulele:

F: 2/4 0/3 1/2 0/1

Now we have three chords at our disposal and we can create our first ukulele chord progression:

C / / / G / / / F / / / G / / /

What does the slashes mean?

The most basic way to interpret this notation is:

Strum once on a chord name. Continue strumming on the same chord once for every slash!

Let’s add one more chord to make this progression a little bit more interesting. Here is G7:

G7: 0/4 2/3 1/2 2/1

Here is the progression:

C / / / G7 / / / F / / / G7 / / /

Before we end this ukulele lesson we will add just one more chord. Here is D minor:

Dm: 2/4 2/3 1/2 0/1

Here is the ukulele chord progression:

C / / / G7 / / / Dm / / / G7 / / /

To really learn to play chords on your ukulele it is important to play them together. The most difficult part is to change from one chord to another smoothly without slowing down the tempo.

Try practising playing two chords at a time. The actual training consists of changing between the chords.

This is a great way to rapidly learn to play the chords of any ukulele song!

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Ukulele Lessons For Intermediates for 2020 – Seven Top Tips

So you’ve passed the stage of ukulele beginner. You know the basic chords, you’ve got some strums down and you’re starting to get a little confidence in your playing. At this stage, it’s all too easy to fall into a rut and find yourself playing the same chords and the same songs over and over again. It’s an easy trap to fall into and most people do at some point. This article aims to take you away from that and to set you on a course that will result in continuous improvement in the way you play and make for a satisfying learning curve for your ukulele playing.

Tip 1: Learn Chord Inversions

As a beginner, you learn the chords in their first position (i.e. at the lowest place on the fretboard that they can be played). This is great for general strumming along with songs. But it is quite restrictive. Learning to play chords in different ways up and down the neck will give you many more options for playing chord progressions and will open the way for chord soloing.

Tip 2: Learn Some Ukulele Theory

You what the chords are, but do you know why they are the way they are? Learning theory can seem quite dull, but once you get your head around it, it opens up a whole new world to your playing. Once you know how chords are created, you can manipulate them to add color and interest to your playing.

Tip 3: Train Your Ears

Sick of desperately trying to find the chords to an obscure song you love online? Work it out yourself. There are a whole host of benefits to improving your ear. You will be a better solo player, you’ll be able to play the sounds you hear in your head, you’ll be able to recognise chord progressions instantly.

Tip 4: Try Different Styles of Music

The quickest way to get stuck in a rut is to play the same thing over and over again. One way to blast through this is to listen to music you wouldn’t normal listen to. This will expand your horizons massively and give you fresh ideas.

Tip 5: Learn Scales

Scales might be the math of music but they are essential. Once you know your scales you’ll be able to improvise solos and play melodies with ease.

Tip 6: Set Up a Practice Schedule

There’s no more sure way of improving than really dedicating yourself to practice.

Tip 7: Buy a Good Quality Ukulele

The more you invest in your ukulele, the more you’ll put into your playing. Having a nice instrument will playing more enjoyable so encourage you to practice more.

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Ukulele Lesson 2020- Mary Had A Little Lamb Instruction

In this lesson you will learn to play a melody on your ukulele! You do not have to read sheet music. It is time to learn to play Mary Had A Little Lamb with an easy instruction and tablature notation!

The first string on your ukulele is the bottom string with the highest pitch. If you have tuned your ukulele in the common C tuning your first string will be an A, your second string an E, the third string a C and the fourth string a G.

If you have a piano around you will find these notes in the fourth octave on your piano. This is the middle octave on your piano or on a keyboard. It is common on guitar and sometimes even on ukulele to notate the music and the chords with the help of tablature or tab notation.

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Tablature is a music notational system that tells you how to put your fingers on a guitar or ukulele in order to play chords or melodies.

Tabs use lines to represent the strings and numbers on these lines to indicate which frets to press down on the strings. This type of notation works fine if you have control over the text fonts used as the tabs usually are notated with the help of a word processor.

I use these tabs on my website but on article sites it is much safer to use other forms of notation. In this ukulele lesson you will learn the melody by the following means:

  1. First you will see the lyrics to the song one line at a time.
  2. Below every line of lyrics you will find the corresponding number tabs that show you how to play the melody on your ukulele.
  3. Below the number tabs I will give you a description with words on how to play the melody.

How to read number tablature

Number tablature is a form of ukulele tab notation that I use on articles sites. In this type of notation every note is notated with two numbers. The first number tells you which fret to press down. The following number indicates the string to use. If the first number is a 0 you will play a string without pressing down a fret.

Remember, the first string is the bottom string of your ukulele!

Here comes the first line of lyrics with ukulele tab and a description on how to play:

Mary had a little lamb

02 23 03 23 02 02 02

Play the open second string. An open string is a string that you play without pressing down a fret. Then play the second fret third string, open third string, second fret third string, open second string three times.

Little lamb, little lamb

23 23 23 02 32 32

Second fret third string three times, open second string, third fret second string twice.

As you can see you will use open strings and the first, second and third fret on your ukulele. One tips for you that will help you play smoother is to use your left hand index finger to play the notes on the first fret, you middle finger for the notes on the second fret and your ring finger for the third fret.

Time for the next ukulele tab:

Mary had a little lamb

02 23 03 23 02 02 02

Open second string, second fret third string, open third string, second fret third string, open second string three times.

Its fleece was white as snow

02 23 23 02 23 03

Open second string, second fret third string twice, open second string, second fret third string, open third string.

This is it! I suggest that you learn to play the melody by heart by learning one line at a time!

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Ukulele Lesson 2020 – Amazing Grace Instruction

In this lesson you will learn to play Amazing Grace on your ukulele. I will instruct you on how to play the melody and you will also learn to use an easy form of ukulele tablature.

It is very common to use the uke as a chord instrument to singing. Many ukulele chords are easy to play and the sound from strumming chords on an ukulele are very nice to hear.

It is not as common to play melodies on the uke but it is really quite easy to do. In this ukulele lesson I will show you how to play Amazing Grace with an easy instruction on how to place your left hand fingers on the frets and on which strings to play.

I will also use an easy form of tablature notation that will help you find your way around your ukulele guitar. Guitar tablature or guitar tab is very common on the internet. It is a notational system with six lines representing the strings on a guitar and numbers on the lines indicating which frets to press down.

On some sites you will find ukulele tablature which works the same way. The only difference is that ukulele tabs have four lines as an ukulele usually has four strings.

In this lesson I will use a special form of ukulele tab notation that only uses numbers. I call this notation number tabs. in this notation every note is notated with two numbers. The first number tells you which fret to play and the second number which string to play.

In order to use this tablature notation and my instruction you have to know which string is the first string on your ukulele. The first string is the bottom string on your uke when you play.

No it is time to play Amazing Grace. I will show you the lyrics to the melody one line at a time and the corresponding number tabs below the lyrics and supplemented with an instruction on how to play the notes.

Here is the first line with ukulele tab and instruction:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

03 12 01 12 01 32 12 23 03

Play the open third string (an open string is a string you play without pressing down a fret), first fret second string, open first string, first fret second string, open first string. Then play third fret second string, first fret second string, second fret third string and finally the open third string.

That saved a wretch like me

03 12 01 12 01 32 01 31

By now you probably understand the ukulele tabs I use so I will omit the instruction. Let us continue with the next lines of lyrics and ukulele tablature notation:

I once was lost, but now am found

01 31 01 12 01 32 12 23 03

Was blind, but now I see

03 12 01 12 01 32 12

Here are some final suggestions as you try to learn the melody:

  1. Learn the melody by heart working on one line of the melody at a time.
  2. Try to use your left hand index finger to play the notes on the first fret, your middle finger to play the notes on the second fret and you ring finger to play the notes on the third fret.
  3. Experiment with the notes 03 23 02 12 32 01 11 and 31 and try to create your own melodies or figure out easy popular melodies by yourself.

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Ukulele Lessons – What You Can Expect for 2020?

The ukulele craze has not reached Singapore as it has in the United States or Hawaii. However it is getting popular as there are a couple of music schools in Singapore which are actively promoting ukulele playing. In Singapore, the most popular music instrument is the guitar, so there are plenty of guitar teachers but less ukulele teachers. Some guitar teachers taught themselves how to play the ukulele, to meet the demands of ukulele lessons in Singapore. As such when you take ukulele lessons in Singapore, you can expect that your ukulele teacher can play both the guitar and the ukulele.

The music education scene in Singapore for Ukulele is such that your child has the option to take ukulele lessons from government schools. All government schools in Singapore are assigned a budget to promote the arts, whether it be music, drama etc. Many engage a music school in Singapore to source for experienced ukulele teachers. The other option is to learn the ukulele from a music school in Singapore.

What can you expect from ukulele lessons in Singapore? First of all, once you decide on learning how to play the ukulele, you can expect that you have made the right decision as the ukulele is one of the easiest music instruments to learn in a music school in Singapore. Ukulele lessons are easy as the ukulele has only four strings, compared to the guitar which has six strings. The music instrument itself is small and portable. If you check out the ukulele for sale in your local music store, you will find that the beginner ukulele is very affordable compared to other music instruments.

Before you start on your ukulele lessons in Singapore, you will need to select and buy your ukulele. There is a wide range of ukulele for sale, price starting from fifty dollars for a beginner soprano ukulele to a handcrafted one that costs thousands of dollars. You can ask your ukulele teacher in Singapore to advise you the type of ukulele to buy.

Now I will proceed to advise you what you can expect from ukulele lessons in Singapore:

Firstly, for your beginner ukulele lesson in Singapore, you will be taught to identify different parts of the ukulele. Your ukulele teacher will identify for you the tuning pegs, the four different strings on the ukulele, and so forth. You will be taught how to care for your ukulele. After each practice, use a cleaning cloth to wipe your ukulele before storing in the bag.

Secondly, your ukulele teacher in Singapore will teach you how to tune the music instrument. As a beginner, you will need to use a music tuner to tune your instrument. It is important to tune your instrument before you play, so as to be able to strum to a tune perfectly. As the ukulele is a string instrument, and the strings are in tension all the time, it is normal for the strings to be out of tune a couple of days after you have tuned it. The other factors that causes the ukulele to go out of tune is the strength which you use to strum the instrument, temperature differences and humidity changes.

Thirdly, you will learn how to position you finger to play on your music instrument. Where you position your fingers determines which notes are produces. You will be able to strum to a song with the combination of correct finger positioning coupled with strumming at the right time. With four strings on the ukulele, you can produce many different chords with different finger positioning.

Fourthly, your ukulele teacher in Singapore will teach you how to read chord diagrams. It may look very complicated to someone with no music background, but actually picking up different ways of playing chords is easy.

Finally, you need to have a grasp of rhythm and an idea of how to strum to the correct rhythm. Your ukulele teacher will demonstrate this a few times for you, and you will follow your teacher’s lead. On your part you will need to practice and practice to perfect learning to play the ukulele.

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